Alec Baldwin posted a happy photo on Monday (May 15) to mark the last day of filming rustwhich prompted many to criticize the actor for being “deaf.”
Production on the western recently resumed at Yellowstone Film Ranch in Montana. It had previously been stopped when the 65-year-old star accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on set in 2021.
Following the incident, Baldwin was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, but the charges were later dropped.
The Hutchins family is to begin civil proceedings against Baldwin.
Baldwin posted a photo of the couple on Instagram on his final day of filming with actor Patrick Scott McDermott with the caption, “Last day on the set of RUST with this guy.
“A very talented actor and lovely young man with a bright future. I love you @patrickscottmcdermott.”
In a later post, he wrote, “God it felt good to shave that beard off…”
Many commenters criticized the first post. “They pushed the movie anyway,” wrote one person. “Sorry, but terribly bad taste. A human life was lost. What?”
“Ton. Deaf,” added another.
“The fact that someone died tragically on this set, and a young mother at that, should mean that, perhaps out of respect and general sensitivity, you finish the film and don’t post happy photos with those who remain alive specific movie set!!!!!” posted a third.
A fourth wrote: “Shameless.”
The Independent has reached out to a Baldwin representative for comment.
In the film, Baldwin plays a notorious outlaw who comes out of hiding to prevent his 13-year-old grandson from being hanged for murder.
Find out here what changes in the case led to the decision to drop the charges.